Category Archives: A Case for Christianity

Case-Making 101: Forensic Faith

“J. Warner Wallace’s ‘Forensic Faith’ completes the trilogy of wonderful books making the evidentiary case for the historicity and veracity of the Christian faith in language that twenty-first [century] Americans can clearly and readily understand. I have seldom seen an approach to verifying the truth claims of the Christian faith that is more effective than the one taken by ‘God’s police detective,’ J. Warner Wallace. Buy two copies of this book. Read one and keep it, and share the other with a lost friend.” – Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary

J. Warner Wallace has been one of the most influential Christian Apologists in my life. His journey from atheism to Christianity is amazing. Using his skills as a cold-case detective his books, articles, podcasts and video presentations take us to the undeniable conclusion that God exists, that Jesus proved who he claimed to be and rose from the dead, and that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant and historically reliable Word of God.

Why is it important to know why we believe (evidentially) what we believe? Because Christianity is quickly losing the culture war today. More young people than ever before are walking away from their faith (roughly 70 percent of those between the ages of 18-30 will leave the church according to most surveys, and only about 1/3 will ever return). We need to have good resources to answer questions so many people have today about Christianity and the Bible, particularly those of the next generation.

Doubts and questions about the Christian faith, and the Bible usually start at a young age, as most statistics show, and this is due in part to the secularization of our public school system, television programming, and media in general that continually bombards us with anti-God propaganda. After taking one of Wallace’s classes at Biola University I was inspired to get in the game of social media for the cause of Christ’s Kingdom because in today’s world battles for the heart and mind are often won and lost here. If you are a Christian I encourage you, as Wallace did me, to be one of the million “one dollar Christian Apologists!”

J. Warner Wallace is a Christian Case-Maker and I like that title. With so many wrong ideas floating around out there concerning Christianity, case-making can help you sort through the available evidence and then make a determination based on the facts and not just feelings or popular opinions. He does an excellent job of this in God’s Crime Scene  as he investigates eight pieces of evidence in the universe to make the case for God’s existence, and the original Cold-Case Christianity  where he provides readers with ten principles of cold case investigations and utilizes these principles to examine the reliability of the gospel eyewitness accounts.

I am so excited that Wallace has brought the same powerful presentation to his new book Forensic Faith. Here is where the believer and the skeptic both need to be before making any statements of faith in a particular worldview because belief that something is true ‘just because’ versus a faith in something ‘because of the evidence’ can make all the difference in the world when we are up against life altering situations. In his new book Forensic Faith, Wallace presents four important areas to consider when stepping into the world of faith claims and how to embrace what you believe with the fullest of confidence that what you believe can stand up to the ‘bullets’ of the enemy!

Watch this short presentation by Wallace on the important difference between having a faith about something and having a faith that you can trust with all your ‘heart’ when put to the test:

A little more about Wallace from his website, Cold Case Christianity: 

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and author. He is a member of a three-generation law enforcement family and continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and as a faculty member at Summit Ministries. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist until the age of thirty-five, when he took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition. His cases have been featured more than any other detective on NBC’s Dateline and he has a perfect record helping prosecute cold-cases (even assisting in the defeat of renowned defense attorney Robert Shapiro). His work has also appeared on CourtTV and Fox News, and he had a role in God’s Not Dead 2, making the case for the historicity of Jesus. His own show, Cold Case Christianity airs regularly on the NRB TV network.

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Jesus tells us to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37).The Bible has much to say about not ‘playing the fool’ in fact it teaches quite the opposite (Proverbs 1:7). We are called to be knowledgeable, testing all things with wisdom and discernment, and we are to search for truth. Pilate, who asked Jesus “What is truth,” really did play the fool when the truth was standing right in front of him (John 18:38).

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. –Hosea 4:6

Listen to J. Warner Wallace explain the importance of having a Forensic Faith on his “Cold Case Christianity” show that airs regularly on the NRB television station.

Join us next week as we continue our investigation into the claims of Christianity!

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You will not find this material in the public school curriculum even though it is based on solid evidence and grounded in research. It is ironic that following the evidence to where it leads stops at the door of our public schools as they will not let a “Divine footprint” in!  Join us as we examine evidence for Christianity and learn how to become a thoughtful defender and ambassador of your faith.

Click into the resource page of this website to view many of the top Christian thinkers and apologists along with some of their work; connecting to these types of resources is essential in your Christian growth.

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Teri Dugan

TeriDugan@truthfaithandreason.com

 

Case-Making 101: A Resurrection Apologetic

The Resurrection is the lynchpin that marks the Christian faith, the only faith that claims their leader defeated death. Many skeptics, cultist and some from other faiths dispute the fact of the Resurrection and some even say that Jesus did not die on the cross. Dr. William Lane Craig, World Renowned Christian Apologist, Theologian and… Continue Reading

Case-Making 101: A Case for the Eyewitnesses of Jesus

I often hear skeptics and atheists say things like, “the Bible is the same as all the other ‘holy books’ that tell mythological stories.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Upon close examination one will find that the Bible is mainly written as an historical narrative by eyewitnesses, or are documentations of eyewitness accounts,… Continue Reading

Case-Making 101: Science and saved lives – how the Bible speaks authentically

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Case-Making 101: How Prophecy Fulfillment Confirms Jesus

In making our “Case for Christ” we are currently looking at evidence for the reliability, historicity and inerrancy of the New Testament. Using the acronym MAPS-S our case can be made based on five categories of Biblical evidence: From last week: 1. Manuscript evidence includes over 24,000 early New Testament documents with which textual critics can compare,… Continue Reading

Case-Making 101: Does the New Testament give us historically reliable information about Jesus?

One of the most important things to understand about the Bible is that the Old and New Testaments are inseparably linked. The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. The books of the New Testament are the only ones that connect to the stories, teachings, covenants and… Continue Reading

Case-Making 101: What is Discipleship and why is it Important?

Discipleship is a tough commitment in our fast paced, independent and self-sufficient world today. Many of us, self included, believe that we can take care of ourselves and do the God thing on our own terms. But, is that what the Bible teaches? Check out this two minute video clip on Discipleship: I believe there… Continue Reading

Case-Making 101: Why do all Christians need to be case-making apologists?

Why is there a need for Christians to make a case? We find ourselves in a “post-Christian,” and some would argue “anti-Christian,” western culture today, and the fact that more and more young people are identify their religion as “none” is alarming. Major research groups are now reporting that “nones” have taken over as the… Continue Reading